THQ Nordic (of 8chan fame) has grown but once more, because of the acquisition of German studio Piranha Bytes. The developer is greatest identified for its RPG collection Gothic. This marks the most recent buy by THQ Nordic, which has turn out to be identified from shopping for an unprecedented variety of small studios and IP, a lot of them dormant.
The phrases of the acquisition, together with value, weren’t disclosed. The studio presently homes 31 workers and can proceed to function out of Essen, Germany, although now it will likely be part of the larger THQ Nordic machine. Naturally, the acquisition additionally offers THQ Nordic the rights to ELEX and Risen, although the large focus for Piranha Bytes’ new mum or dad is Gothic.
This transfer isn’t wholly unsurprising, as Piranha Bytes already has a historical past with THQ Nordic. ELEX, the studio’s most up-to-date recreation, was printed by THQ. Whereas it did occur previous to its acquisition, the Risen collection was printed by the now-THQ-owned Deep Silver.
THQ Nordic hasn’t laid out its plans for Piranha Bytes but, although it’s doubtless we’ll see Gothic reemerge in some type, whether or not it’s a remaster or a full-on new recreation. Nonetheless, the corporate is actually preserving itself busy, as there are a staggering 48 unannounced video games in varied phases of growth, together with one from Metro Exodus developer 4A video games.
In the event you’re questioning how THQ Nordic is ready to have such a excessive quantity of tasks, that’s as a result of it’s spent most of its latest time buying studios and franchises from throughout the trade. The writer just lately earned round $225 million to spend on acquisitions, and it’s actually losing no time placing that cash to make use of. It seems that THQ Nordic is most eager about shopping for franchises which have turn out to be dormant lately, with notable acquisitions together with Timesplitters, Alone within the Darkish, and Kingdoms of Amalur. You may preserve monitor of all of the acquisitions, that are merely an excessive amount of to record out, right here.